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Iran says US treatment of nuclear deal 'desperate attempt'

World2018-01-13

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday US President Donald Trump's latest attacks on the nuclear deal were a "desperate attempt" to undermine an accord that cannot be renegotiated. "Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement," Zarif tweeted after Trump reluctantly agreed to continue to waive sanctions under the deal, but warned it could be the last time. "JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -- just like Iran," Zarif added, using the technical name for the 2015 nuclear deal. Scree‍nshot of Javad Zarif's tweet Zarif said Washington was already "maliciously violating" three sections of the agreement, including paragraph 26 which requires the US to "make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA and to prevent interference with the realisation of the full benefit by Iran of the sanctions lifting". Iran argues that continued US sanctions on other, non-nuclear, areas such as human rights and missile testing have effectively barred Iran from gaining many of the financial benefits expected from the deal. Zarif has said Trump's aggressive stance on the deal and Iran generally have also violated the commitment to "refrain from any policy specifically intended to directly and adversely affect the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran" under paragraph 29. Trump announced Friday he would not reimpose sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive for now. (CGTN)

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday US President Donald Trump's latest attacks on the nuclear deal were a "desperate attempt" to undermine an accord that cannot be renegotiated.

"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement," Zarif tweeted after Trump reluctantly agreed to continue to waive sanctions under the deal, but warned it could be the last time.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -- just like Iran," Zarif added, using the technical name for the 2015 nuclear deal.

Scree‍nshot of Javad Zarif's tweet

Scree‍nshot of Javad Zarif's tweet

Zarif said Washington was already "maliciously violating" three sections of the agreement, including paragraph 26 which requires the US to "make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA and to prevent interference with the realisation of the full benefit by Iran of the sanctions lifting".

Iran argues that continued US sanctions on other, non-nuclear, areas such as human rights and missile testing have effectively barred Iran from gaining many of the financial benefits expected from the deal.

Zarif has said Trump's aggressive stance on the deal and Iran generally have also violated the commitment to "refrain from any policy specifically intended to directly and adversely affect the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran" under paragraph 29.

Trump announced Friday he would not reimpose sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive for now.

(CGTN)

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